Cristina L Evers, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 79
New England School of Banking at Williams College, Fiduciary Specialty
Cannon Fiduciary School
Cannon Advanced Trust Investments
Certified Trust Financial Advisor
One Son, age 29
One Stepdaughter, Age 33
One Stepson, Age 31
One Granddaughter, 6 months
Why are you running for office? I believe that Maine needs candidates with a common sense, can do, attitude who have the ability to get a job done. My 37 years of experience in banking gives me the skills necessary to solve problems by working towards realistic solutions and positive outcomes. I look forward to working across the aisle with fellow Representatives to shape the future of Maine.
I have little to no political experience, beyond of course what you encounter working for a national level corporation for 37 years. I simply have the experience and skills necessary to be effective in this role.
The federal health care law has offered to pay states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to low income Mainers. Do you support Medicaid (or MaineCare) expansion?Yes
All Mainers should have the right to access healthcare services for themselves and their families. Expansion would also provide new job opportunities within Maine.
Reform of the state’s public assistance programs has been the focus of debates in the State House and on the campaign trail. Do you believe that the state’s welfare programs are too generous?Yes
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Public assistance should be about a hand up, not a hand out. Maine needs to oversee its existing programs more carefully in an attempt to decrease fraud. We know there are many people receiving assistance rightfully because of their health, life circumstances, or simply because while they work a 40 hour week, they do not earn enough to feed a family. That demographic will not change. We need to look at how the entire system is operated and revamp accordingly. Again, common sense answers.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I personally know young parents who work 40 hours per week and need food stamp assistance to feed their children. They are the working poor, who try to lives their lives by working hard, but the minimum wage is just not adequate. I would support a raise.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?I think the legalization of marijuana would be a welcome source of new tax income for the State. It would need to be regulated like alcohol is, and would be provide new jobs for Maine as well.